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Tourism destination branding complexity

Pike, Steven D. (2005) Tourism destination branding complexity. Journal of Product and Brand Management, 14(4), pp. 258-259.

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Abstract

Prior to completing a tourism marketing PhD the author spent almost two decades working in the tourism industry, mostly in destination marketing organisations (DMOs). In this paper he laments a significant gap in the literature in the area of tourism destination branding, a field that has only attracted academic attention since the late 1990s. While interest in applications of brand theory to practise in tourism is increasing, there is a paucity of published research with which to guide DMOs. There has been relatively little discussion on the complexity involved in capturing the essence of a multi-attributed destination with a succinct and focused brand position, in a way that is both meaningful to the multiplicity of target audiences of interest to stakeholders and effectively differentiates the destination from competitors. The paper summarises six issues that make the application of branding theory to destinations a complex undertaking.

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ID Code: 6357
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Tourism branding, slogans, destination marketing organisations
DOI: 10.1108/10610420510609267
ISSN: 1061-0421
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TOURISM (150600)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Emerald
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 05 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:14

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